“Our strong values have guided our belief in doing what’s right, not only for the communities we serve, but to make a positive impact on the world.”
Kristie Juster, Chief Executive Officer
A Note to Our Stakeholders
To Kimball International, corporate responsibility is built into the fabric of our company’s long-held Guiding Principles and our authentic purpose of “Dare to be Makers of Possibility”.
A philosophy of giving back to our communities is just part of our value system. Since 1950, Kimball International has proudly been ahead of its time in many actions we have taken to protect the safety and well-being of our employees, to improve the quality of life in our operating communities, and to promote the responsible use and preservation of our natural resources. This is the direct result of the forethought of our founder, Mr. Arnold F. Habig.
Because our company was established in a small town, and as it grew, expanded operations into several other small towns, we have always had a special understanding of what social responsibility really means. Because we live and work in our same communities, it was always just as important to Kimball International as to our neighbors that we protect our environment, that we treat everyone with respect, and that we contribute to the local quality of life.
Kimball International strives every day to be a sustainable and socially responsible company. In short, we care.
Chief Executive Officer
2021 ESG Report
Crafting a Sustainable Future
Read our latest ESG report from 2021. The report gives data-based metrics and employee-centered examples of our environmental policies, corporate governance best practices, and dedication to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.Read the Report
Our Goals for 2023
ESG Goal 1
Climate Change and Energy Management:
Reduce Combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions 50% by the end of Fiscal Year 2030 from a 2018 Baseline
ESG Goal 2
Obtain Zero Waste Certification at
Three Facilities by the End of Fiscal Year 2025
ESG Goal 3
Use a Context-Based Approach to Identify Operations in Stressed Water Catchments by End of Fiscal Year 2023
ESG Goal 4
To drive accountability on our supplier expectations, we set a goal to achieve 90% of strategic suppliers signing the Kimball International Business Code of Conduct by the end of Fiscal Year 2023
ESG Goal 5
Maintain our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) well below industry average, targeting 1.5 or lower
ESG Goal 6
We seek to hire diverse talent enabling us to meet or exceed racial/ethnic representation in the communities in which we serve
ESG Goal 07
Ethics and Compliance Training Completion:
In an effort to maintain our strong culture of ethics and integrity and increase visibility in measuring performance, we set a goal to achieve a completion rate of 95% in Ethics and Compliance training for enrolled employees year-over-year
Our Dare to be Makers of Possibility purpose extends into the communities in which we live, work, and play. The world is our home, and as the Kimball International Guiding Principles say, “We strive to help our communities be great places to live.”Learn More
Extended Producer Responsibility
Kimball International collaborates with Green Standards to provide a sustainable decommission solution for the redistribution of surplus workplace furniture, equipment, and supplies. This strategic partnership diverts products from landfills at a 98.6% diversion rate and donates products to non-profits, schools, and charitable organizations.Green Standards
Growing with Green Buildings
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), we prioritize building practices that support the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Our portfolio of furniture solutions may contribute toward LEED® certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
LEED Registered Projects:
Showroom, Chicago, IL – LEED Silver
Showroom, Washington, D.C. – LEED Silver
Manufacturing Facility, Santa Claus, IN – LEED SilverMembership Certificate
Kimball International’s ecoChecker tool is a digital database where you can explore our brands and portfolio of products to easily find, compare, and evaluate a wide range of environmental and social criteria. This product portal, powered by ecomedes, provides verified, 3rd party certification and scientific data points that can fuel ESG disclosures, LEED credits, and a growing number of enterprise declarations. The recycled content, certifications, and more are available for each product series. ecoChecker can help with calculations and documentation, making it easy to evaluate how Kimball International furniture can contribute to sustainability efforts.Explore ecochecker
Waste Reduction and Recycling
Kimball International’s Corporate Recycle Center (CRC) supports the programs of numerous regional facilities, providing a central location for consolidating recyclable materials for re-sale and transport. Currently, the CRC recycles over 65 different waste materials. Among the materials recycled are steel, aluminum, glass, fabrics, printer cartridges, electronic equipment, and several types of plastic, wood, and cardboard, which is either sold for reuse or recycled by type of material. The sustainability and continuous improvement projects have reduced the overall waste generated at Kimball International facilities as the amount of recycling has steadily increased.